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  1. SouthernMo

    Temple Recommend Questions

    Right. But you know what I mean - there are the “right” answers and the “wrong” answers. Can one get a temple recommend if one answers any of those questions “wrong?”
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    What Are Blessings?

    Alright. So. What is a blessing? When I get one, how do I know it comes from god, and is a blessing? Or, are we calling everything we receive a blessing? This option takes the meaning out of the word if I accept it.
  3. SouthernMo

    Temple Recommend Questions

    Church leadership has laid out clear questions to determine one’s temple worthiness. If someone answers “no” (or incorrectly) to any of the questions, does that put the bishop or stake president in a position in which they MUST not issue or renew the recommend? Or, is there discretion given to local leaders to give leeway as they follow the spirit in instances in which a member does not affirm the questions correctly? Asking for a friend...
  4. SouthernMo

    What Are Blessings?

    This seems like an insult. Can you clarify what you mean?
  5. SouthernMo

    What Are Blessings?

    So it’s possible that the concept of blessings is a placebo? In the illusion, it becomes real to the imaginer?
  6. SouthernMo

    What Are Blessings?

    I’m sorry if my word choice was poor, but my fortune, I meant the god results that came from that choice. Like “I’ve had the good fortune of meeting you.” Fortune does not always only mean money. Your faith is laudable that you ascribe your “blessings” that have come as a result of paying tithing. Would you describe your current lifestyle as being so blessed with fortune that you don’t have any more room for more blessings? Do you have “no room to receive” any more blessings? If so, congrats. If not, I wonder if your full blessings from paying tithing have not yet come. The question still remains to the objective observer: is there a correlation between the payment of tithes and more of something? My experience has shown that people who pay tithes struggle just as much as those who don’t. People who don’t pay tithes can lead very happy prosperous lives.
  7. SouthernMo

    What Are Blessings?

    That’s wonderful. I am glad you are happy. Two questions arise for me: 1: why is having money a blessing? It’s clear you and others prefer it; but is it better to have more money in God’s eyes? Does he see it as a blessing? 2: how do you know your fortune came as a result of paying tithing? I know many people who live lives just as comfortably if not more so who have never paid tithing.
  8. SouthernMo

    What Are Blessings?

    You’re annoyingly positive. Kind of Pollyanna-esque.
  9. SouthernMo

    What Are Blessings?

    This is helpful. So everything in life can be called a blessing? Doesnt that diminish the promise of receiving blessings for righteousness/obedience? I mean - if I already see everything in my life as a blessing, and I can’t measure blessings (to see if I get more blessings after keeping a commandment), why would I be obedient?
  10. Maybe we suggest Macramé as a more productive hobby.
  11. I don’t see this as strongly as you do. I am pleased by how many people I meet respect the LDS tradition. I had a co-worker tell me just this week that if she weren’t evangelical, she’s be Mormon.
  12. SouthernMo

    What Are Blessings?

    This is a perspective we could take further. Is all pain a blessing, then? If we grow from pain and trials, they should all be blessings because they help us become more godlike. In that same token, are there any cursings? Can’t all difficult situations become blessings? Our whole earthly experience could be categorized as a painful separation from our Heavenly Father, but it prepares us for a more triumphant return to him (quite a blessing!).
  13. SouthernMo

    What Are Blessings?

    Perhaps - so do you distinguish blessings in your life from things that just happen?
  14. SouthernMo

    What Are Blessings?

    Both the scriptures and the more modern words of prophets have at times promised blessings if commandments are followed. “Blessings” seems to be a nebulous catch-all word to indicate something better than cursings. But it’s not clear to me what blessings really are. What are blessings (not referring to the priesthood ordinances)? I ask because I think it’s important to objectively determine the fruits of those prophetic promises. If I’m told to keep commandment XYZ, and am promised blessings will come, how can I identify those blessings when they come, rather than see them as natural consequences, or just the randomness of the universe? Happy to expound more, but let’s keep the opening question/topic as brief as I can.
  15. SouthernMo

    Good for you Pres. Nelson!

    This could be true. The question I’d encourage you to consider is: if you don’t like it, are you going to do something to change it, or just complain about it?
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